There can be no peace without equality... a message that we have to remind ourselves of on a daily basis. We are all equal, and we all deserve to be treated like human beings no matter our race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This is a scary time right now, but its also an opportunity for great change if we’re willing to educate ourselves on the situation and learn how we can make a difference. Its time to stand up for the oppressed, we can no longer be silent. We have to respect, listen to, and learn from the hardships of others and stand up for those who are being wronged. We are all in this life together, and now is the time for us to have each other’s backs, because one of the worst things you can be when you see people suffering is silent.

Part of having each other’s back is inspiring one another, and that’s what I hope to do with the songs in this playlist. Music has always been a universal language, a way for us to have a glimpse into others lives and offer an opportunity for empathy. This is a collection of 100 songs, recommended by a variety of people, that inspire, empower, unite, and help get us through hard times. Some of these songs are inspiring, some are humbling, and some just make you wanna stand up and work it, but the goal is to hopefully remind someone that no matter whatever their struggle may be, they're not alone, and hopefully there’s a song in here to help you feel that way. This playlist isn’t going to change anything, but I wanted to do something to remind us all that were in this together.

Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson

Human - Emeli Sande

Everyday Life - Coldplay

Loving Her - Katie Pruitt

You Need To Calm Down - Taylor Swift

What Are You Gonna Tell Her? - Mickey Guyton

Rainbow - Kesha

Rise Up - Andra Day

Glory - Common & John Legend

Falling - HAIM

Treat People With Kindness - Harry Styles

Juice - Lizzo

Woman (feat. The Dap-Kings Horns) - Kesha

This Is America - Childish Gambino

Crowded Table - The Highwomen

Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels - Todrick Hall

Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld

She Works Hard For the Money - Donna Summer

Survivor - Destiny's Child

9 To 5 - Dolly Parton

Dear Hate (feat. Vince Gill) - Maren Morris

The Sun Is Rising - Britt Nicole

Be Kind - Marshmello & Halsey

Highwomen - The Highwomen

Rise - Katy Perry

Back in My Arms - Carlie Hanson

Woman's World - Little Mix

Born This Way - Lady Gaga

I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend - girl in red

Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu) - Janelle Monae

What About Us - P!nk

Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

The Daughters - Little Big Town

S.L.U.T. - Bea Miller

Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson

Tell (feat. DonChristian) - Le1f

My Own Dance - Kesha

***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) - Beyonce

Bridges - Fifth Harmony

Brave - Sara Bareilles

Fighter - Christina Aguilera

Say - John Mayer

Scars To Your Beautiful - Alessia Cara

i - Kendrick Lamar

Joan of Arc - Little Mix

Beautiful - Christina Aguilera

The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change - Nina Nesbitt

I'll Stand By You (From The Quarterback) - Glee Cast Version

New Americana - Halsey

Mother's Daughter - Miley Cyrus

Boss Bitch - Doja Cat

If I Were A Boy - Glee

(I would like to acknowledge that Beyonce's version is undeniably powerful, but theres something about hearing this song performed by a trans woman that just it makes it that much more so)

Waiting On the World to Change - John Mayer

Love Wins - Carrie Underwood

I'll Keep On (feat. Jeremiah Carison) - NF

Angels & Airwaves - Angel Haze

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne

Fight Song - Rachel Platten

Free - Broods

Love Yourself - Billy Porter

Respect - Aretha Franklin

You Learn - Alanis Morissette

Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert) - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

I Hope You Dance - LeeAnn Womack

One Day - Matisyahu

Safe (feat. Kesha & Chika) - Sage

The Bullet - Carrie Underwood

Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas

One Love / People Get Ready - Bob Marley

All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

Brown Girl - Aaradhna

Black Like Me - Mickey Guyton

Love Yourself - Sufjan Stevens

Chapstick (feat. Trixie Mattel) - Todrick Hall

The Power of Equality - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Liberty - Lindi Ortega

Greatest Love All - Whitney Houston

Breathe - Seinabo Sey

Independent Women, Pt. 1 - Destiny's Child

Good as Hell - Lizzo

With God On Our Side - Bob Dylan

The Climb - Miley Cyrus

Follow Your Arrow - Kacey Musgraves

Kill Em' With Kindness (Acoustic) - Selena Gomez

Rise - Glee

Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Beyonce

Alright - Kendrick Lamar

Sing - My Chemical Romance

My Power - Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Moonchild Sanelly, Nija, DJ Lag, Yemi Alade & Busiswa

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

We Are The Champions - Queen

Better Days - The Goo Goo Dolls

Black or White - Michael Jackson

Only The Young - Taylor Swift

Bleed The Same (feat. Kirk Franklin) [Intro] - Mandisa

Bleed The Same (feat. tobyMac & Kirk Franklin) - Mandisa

A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

Imagine - John Lennon

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Apple Music Link:
https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/empowerment-playlist/pl.u-4JomzvNFalKD8gr

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/wmw7s68g7leh1xpmoo448djws/playlist/29TPK0MxMwDx0CHUYJuip9?si=wG7zBhvZQeOyNZdFp7MpJw